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Adama by Turki Al-Hamad
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As he comes of age in the late 1960s, in a Saudi Arabia wildly conflicted between newfound prosperity and ancient tradition, a young boy is swept up by the call to revolution and tormented by the incompatible demands of personal loyalties. The deceptive tranquillity of his middle-class neighbourhood is the setting for an intense showdown between the boy's love for his family and yearning for social justice. He struggles to make sense of all this turbulence, as he himself awakens to passions both private and political. Adama explores the poles of idealism and disillusionment, amidst the paradoxes of a conservative land where every illicit pleasure is available and ancient traditions co-exist with the apparatus of a powerful and merciless state.

Author Biography

Turki al-Hamad is a bestselling author in the Arab world. Adama is the first volume of his best-selling trilogy about his native Saudi Arabia, which includes Shumaisi and Karadib. His novels are highly controversial and banned throughout most of the Middle East. Following the publication of Adama he became the target of four outstanding fatwas claiming his life. He continues to live in Riyadh.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2003
Translated by Robin Bray
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Saqi Books
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